Big Ten Network to Televise Entire Baseball Tournament from First Pitch to Final Out
May 24, 2010
For the second straight year, the Big Ten Network will televise every game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament, from the first pitch on Wednesday through the tournament’s final out this weekend. The entire tournament will be carried live from Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The Big Ten Network will provide exclusive, live tournament coverage, including post-game press conferences, expert analysis between games and interviews with coaches and players.
“We’re proud to be able to once again televise the entire Big Ten Baseball Tournament,” said Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman. “The regular season race was extremely competitive all the way through the final weekend, and we’re looking forward to an equally exciting tournament in Columbus.”
On Wednesday and Thursday, Brent Stover will handle play-by-play, with former Iowa two-sport star Danan Hughes providing the analysis. Former Anaheim Angels and current Illinois radio broadcaster Brian Barnhart will call the action on the remaining days alongside former major league outfielder Scott Pose. Shireen Saski will report from field level throughout the week.
The Big Ten Network studio team of Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and former major league pitcher Cal Eldred will provide complete highlights and analysis on Big Ten Tonight, at 9 PM ET on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Eldred played 14 seasons in the major leagues with the Brewers, White Sox and Cardinals, following a stellar career at Iowa.
The Big Ten title and tournament participants came down to the final weekend of the season with Minnesota clinching the outright championship on Saturday. It is Minnesota’s 22nd overall Big Ten title and first since 2004.
The tournament begins Wednesday with two games. At noon ET, No. 4 Iowa faces No. 5 Purdue, and following that game, No. 3 Northwestern will take on No. 6 Indiana. After receiving a first-round bye, the tournament’s top two seeds, No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Michigan, will swing into action on Thursday.
Big Ten Network Broadcast Schedule:
All times Eastern
Wednesday, May 26
Friday, May 28
Saturday, May 29
Sunday, May 30 (If Necessary)***
**Exception: if either of the Games 4 or 5 losers has already had a bye, that team will play in Game 6, regardless of seed.
***If the winner of Game 10 is also the winner of Game 9, winner and loser of Game 10 will play in an 11th game on Sunday.
About the Big Ten Network: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks, the Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live sporting events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games; 55 women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games. The network is available to more than 75 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Omaha), DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to www.BigTenNetwork.com.